The Elephant in the Room

Via Danut Manastireanu [Read more...]

This Life Matters

Religion that focuses entirely on an afterlife is at best Gnosticism and at worst nonsense. Which is fine if you are happy being in one or both of those categories. But if not, then here are some things to think about. As I emphasize in my book The Burial of Jesus, the doctrine of the [Read More...]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More...]

Does Reading the Bible Lead to Atheism? Does Losing Faith Save one from Fundamentalism?

Hemant Mehta shared this cartoon about the year after the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania: Reading the Bible can indeed lead to people losing their faith, if their faith was placed in the Bible, which they believed to be inerrant. But that is only a natural (or perhaps nearly inevitable) outcome if one has [Read More...]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More...]

Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more...]

Does the Earth Rotate? Check Out What REAL Biblical Literalism Looks Like

This video has everything one would expect from pseudoscientific charlatans like Ken Ham and his ilk. Appeal to the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters, emphasis that if the Bible is wrong about one thing then it could be wrong about others, scientific misinformation, denunciation of what scientists claim and demand people without [Read More...]

A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wrote. In it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we [Read More...]

Ceiling Cat’s Commandments

HT Jerry Coyne. While this is worth sharing just as  religion and cat humor, it also connects with my interest in religion and science fiction. Thinking about what other species, whether terrestrial or extraterrestrial, might think about God or morality is an interesting thought experiment. And on that last topic, see this amusing bit of [Read More...]

New Online Jewish Studies Resources

Two major resources that I want to share: The Cairo Genizah Collection at the Bodleian Library in Oxford (HT Dan McClellan and AWOL) The Israel Antiquities Authorities National Treasures (HT Jim West)   [Read more...]

A God No One Really Believes Exists?

A while back I posted on why I don’t think anyone today really believes that God, exactly as depicted in the Bible, exists. In the Bible, God doesn’t hesitate to show off, demonstrating power by sending fire from heaven, parting seas, bringing darkness at midday, and so on. Today, religious believers who claim to believe [Read More...]


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